The Worst Scores In Masters Tournament History

Arnold Palmer makes the list of worst Masters scores, as do many former champions
Even Arnold Palmer shows up on the list of Masters worsts. But so do many other Masters champs and major winners. Craig Jones/Getty Images

We tend to focus on the bests when talking about golf records, and you can find those in our Masters Records article. But it turns out that the worsts are also pretty interesting.

Below are the worst scores in Masters history, starting with single-hole scores, moving on to the worst rounds, and finishing with the worst total scores.

Worst Scores on One Hole in The Masters

13 - Sergio Garcia, Hole 15 (par-5), 2018
13 - Tom Weiskopf, Hole 12 (par-3), 1980
13 - Tommy Nakajima, Hole 13 (par-5), 1978

Tom Weiskopf put a total of five balls into Rae's Creek - one off the tee, four more from the drop area.

Nakajima found water off the tee, laid up short of the 13th green after the penalty drop, then hit into the water again in front of the green. He tried to hit the ball out of the water, but incurred two penalties: first when the ball landed on his shoe after he tried to play it; then, when he and his caddie fumbled his sand wedge and it touched the water.

And Garcia in 2018? He hit five consecutive balls in the water ... as the defending champion.

Other Masters holes with double-digit worsts:

  • Hole No. 2: High score of 10 on this hole by Sam Byrd in 1948 and David Duval in 2006
  • Hole No. 8: High score of 12 on this hole by Frank Walsh in 1935
  • Hole No. 15: High score of 11 on this hole by Jumbo Ozaki in 1987, Ben Crenshaw in 1997 and Ignacio Garrido in 1998
  • Hole No. 16: High score of 11 on this hole by Herman Barron in 1950

    Highest First-Round Score in The Masters

    94 - Doug Ford, 2000
    92 - Tommy Aaron, 2003
    92 - Horton Smith, 1962
    91 - Ben Crenshaw, 2015
    91 - Horton Smith, 1963
    91 - a-Chick Evans, 1960
    91 - Fred McLeod, 1955
    90 - a-Chick Evans, 1959
    90 - Jock Hutchison, 1956
    90 - a-Frank Souchak, 1954
    89 - Charles Coody, 2006
    89 - Arnold Palmer, 2002
    89 - Arnold Palmer, 1997
    89 - Frank Conner, 1982
    89 - a-Douglas Clarke, 1980
    89 - Ralph Guldahl, 1972
    89 - Fred McLeod, 1959
    89 - a-Jess Sweetser, 1936

    Most of these scores were by aging former champions (or aging golfers who never won the Masters but kept getting invitations because they were friends of Bobby Jones). Doug Ford (1957 Masters champ) was 77 in 2000. He teed off in 2001, but walked off after one hole; in 2002, Augusta National sent him a letter asking him to stop playing.

    Billy Casper received one of those letters, too, but he defied Augusta to play one last round in 2005 ... and shot 106. But because he never turned in the scorecard, that round is considered "unofficial" and not included in the records. (Casper would also have the record for highest single-hole score - 14 - if his round was official.)

    Frank Souchak was the brother of 15-time PGA Tour winner Mike Souchak; and Frank Conner was a PGA Tour player who also played in the U.S. Open of tennis.

    Highest Second-Round Scores

    94 - Doug Ford, 1997
    89 - Billy Casper, 1995
    89 - a-Chick Evans, 1960
    88 - Doug Ford, 1996
    88 - a-Trevor Homer, 1973
    88 - Horton Smith, 1962
    88 - Denny Shute, 1961
    88 - Jock Hutchison, 1956
    88 - Fred McLeod, 1951
    87 - Arnold Palmer, 1998
    87 - Arnold Palmer, 1997
    87 - a-Chick Evans, 1959
    87 - a-Don Cherry, 1958
    87 - a-Edward Meister, 1955

    Trevor Homer was a 2-time British Amateur champion.

    Highest Third-Round Scores

    89 - Denny Shute, 1956
    88 - a-James Frisina, 1952
    87 - Calvin Peete, 1983
    87 - a-Bill Booe, 1956
    86 - Tommy Aaron, 2000
    86 - Johnny Farrell, 1956
    86 - Bill Nary, 1948
    86 - a-Chick Evans, 1940

    Frisina was a lifetime amateur who earned an invitation (awarded at the time) as a U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist, as did Booe (a semifinalist).

    Four years after his third-round 86 here, Bill Nary posted the second-ever round of 60 on the PGA Tour at the El Paso Open, taking only seven putts over his final nine holes.

    Highest Fourth-Round Scores

    95 - a-Charles Kunkle, 1956
    88 - Craig Wood, 1956
    88 - a-William Goodloe, 1951
    87 - a-Robert Sweeny Jr., 1936
    86 - Jodie Mudd, 1983
    86 - Lindy Miller, 1979
    86 - Donald Fairfield, 1956
    86 - a-William Goodloe, 1952
    86 - Errie Ball, 1934
    86 - a-Fred Kammer, 1948
    86 - William Campbell, 1951
    86 - a-Charlie Yates, 1946

    Kunkle's 95 is the highest 18-hole score in Masters history (not counting Casper's unofficial 106). Kunkle is another golfer who got into the tournament during the days when it awarded spots to U.S. Amateur quarterfinalists.

    William Goodloe appears twice above. His nickname was "Dynamite," and he blew up in these two rounds. He was a dominant player in Georgia amateur circles at the time of his Masters invitations.

    Fred Kammer was a member of the 1947 Walker Cup team - and also the USA's 1936 Olympic hockey team (he earned a bronze medal).

    Worst First Round By the Eventual Winner

    75 - Craig Stadler, 1982
    74 - Tiger Woods, 2005
    74 - Mark O'Meara, 1998
    74 - Jose Maria Olazabal, 1994
    74 - Jack Nicklaus, 1986
    74 - Jack Nicklaus, 1963
    74 - Sam Snead, 1954
    74 - Horton Smith, 1936

    Stadler followed his 75 at the 1982 Masters with rounds of 69, 67 and 73, then beat Dan Pohl in a playoff.

    Worst Final Round By a Winner

    75 - Trevor Immelman, 2008
    75 - Arnold Palmer, 1962
    74 - Jack Nicklaus, 1972
    74 - Gary Player, 1961
    74 - Herman Keiser, 1946

    Worst Overall Masters Round By a Winner

    77 - Nick Faldo, third round, 1989
    77 - Sam Snead, third round, 1952
    76 - Zach Johnson, third round, 2007
    76 - Jack Nicklaus, second round, 1966
    75 - Trevor Immelman, fourth round, 2008
    75 - Mike Weir, third round, 2003
    75 - Craig Stadler, first round, 1982
    75 - Arnold Palmer, fourth round, 1962
    75 - Jack Burke Jr., third round, 1956
    75 - Sam Snead, second round, 1949
    75 - Byron Nelson, third round, 1937

    At the 1952 Masters, Sam Snead's 77 didn't hurt him much because scores were high for everyone that day.

    He shot 72 in the final round and won by four.

    At the 1989 Masters, Nick Faldo followed his 77 with a 65 and beat Scott Hoch in a playoff.

    Worst First Round by a Golfer Who Made the Cut

    The Masters instituted a cut after two rounds beginning in 1957.

    81 - Bob Goalby, 1982 (shot 72 in second round)
    80 - Mark Hensby, 2006 (67 in Round 2)
    80 - Greg Norman, 2000 (68 in Round 2)
    80 - Ray Floyd, 1988 (69 in Round 2)
    80 - Jeff Sluman, 1988 (71 in Round 2)
    80 - Hubert Green, 1987 (71 in Round 2)
    80 - Curtis Strange, 1985 (65 in Round 2)
    80 - a-Bill Sander, 1977 (69 in Round 2)
    80 - Rod Funseth, 1966 (70 in Round 2)
    80 - a-Billy Joe Patton, 1963 (72 in Round 2)
    80 - Dick Mayer, 1957 (70 in Round 2)

    Curtis Strange led the 1985 Masters by three strokes with six holes to play, but finished tied for second.

    Worst Masters Scores By a Golfer After Making the Cut

    (Cut after two rounds instituted in 1957)
    87 - Calvin Peete, third round, 1983
    86 - Tommy Aaron, third round, 2000
    86 - Jodie Mudd, fourth round, 1983
    86 - Lindy Miller, fourth round, 1979
    85 - Kevin Na, third round, 2016
    85 - a-Charlie Coe, third round, 1966
    84 - Aaron Oberholser, third round, 2007
    84 - Ben Crenshaw, third round, 2007
    84 - John Huston, third round, 1993
    84 - T.C. Chen, fourth round, 1989
    84 - a-Joe Carr, fourth round, 1967
    84 - Stephen Opperman, fourth round, 1966
    84 - Luis Silverio, fourth round, 1966
    84 - Lew Worsham, fourth round, 1960

    Cal Peete was on the leaderboard at 142 in 1983, but then shot 87-80 on the weekend. The same year, Jodie Mudd was only two strokes off the lead in the fourth round, shot 86 and wound up 42nd.

    Worst 72-Hole Scores in The Masters

    340 - a-Charles Kunkle Jr., 1956
    336 - Horton Smith, 1956
    334 - Cyril Walker, 1934
    332 - a-C. Bayard Mitchell, 1934
    331 - a-Chick Evans, 1940
    328 - Johnny Revolta, 1956
    328 - a-Chick Evans, 1953
    327 - a-Davis Love Jr., 1955
    326 - a-Bill Booe, 1956
    325 - Lawson Little, 1956
    325 - a-Don Cherry, 1956
    325 - Leslie Kennedy, 1950
    324 - Denny Shute, 1956
    324 - a-Edward Meister, 1955
    324 - Sam Parks, 1954
    324 - a-Frank Strafaci, 1950

    There's our man Kunkle again. Kunkle shot 78 in the opening round, but got worse each round: 82, 85 and finally that 95.

    All of these scores happened in the pre-cut era. And seven of them happened in 1956. Is it just a coincidence that a cut was introduced at the 1957 Masters? Probably not.

    Which leads us to ...

    Worst 72-Hole Masters Scores By a Golfer Who Made the Cut

    314 - a-Luis Silverio, 1966
    314 - Jimmy Hitchcock, 1966
    313 - Fuzzy Zoeller, 2007
    313 - Tommy Aaron, 2000
    313 - a-Joe Carr, 1967
    312 - a-Bob Murphy, 1966
    312 - Bob Goalby, 1966
    311 - Billy Mayfair, 2007
    311 - a-Ward Wettlaufer, 1960
    310 - Aaron Oberholser, 2007
    310 - DeWitt Weaver, 1972

    Highest 72-Hole Score by a Winner

    289 - Zach Johnson, 2007
    289 - Jack Burke Jr., 1956
    289 - Sam Snead, 1954